Wife of Ondo State Governor and founder Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has charged government at all levels to improve commitment through various Ministries of Health, both at the state and federal level to improve on their commitment to help in the fight against breast and other types of cancer in the country.
Mrs Anyanwu-Akeredolu made this appeal on Tuesday while speaking with journalists during a programme organised by the Oyo State Coalition against cancer in conjunction with the Oyo State Ministry of Health to mark world cancer day 2020.
Present at the occasion held at the NULGE hall, Onireke, Ibadan, and tagged “I am and I will’ include the wife of Alaafin of Oyo, Olori Anuoluwapo Adeyemi, President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr Omolara Olusola-Taiwo, Dr MRS Ademito Otolorin, Chairperson, National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Oyo State chapter, Mrs Jadesola Ajibola, and the state chairperson, BRECAN, Tolu Taiwo.
Mrs Ayanwu-Akeredolu said “government is not doing enough to help in the course. I will look into their eyes and say they are not. And that is the reason for this coalition.
“We have to knock at government doors. We are here today but Oyo State Ministry of health is nowhere to be found. That’s not nice, look at all these organisations they are all concerned as the ministry of health is not here.
She advised women to go for test for early discovery, saying “medical advances have made it possible for women to survive the disease and live a productive life.”
In her opening address, President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr Omolara Olusola-Taiwo, charged women to always go out for breast and cervical cancer screening to save them of the agony of the disease.
In her goodwill message, Olori Anuoluwapo Adeyemi called for an aggressive campaign at the grassroots and urged the stakeholders to take the campaign to rural areas as well.
NAWOJ Chairperson, Mrs Jadesola Ajibola said the only panacea to reducing the surge in Nigeria is continuous public awareness through media to reach all women at all levels.